East Coast 6 Days (NYC)
Day 1 Home - New York City (Night Tour) (Free Airport Pick Up)
The tour arrives in New York City, the most populous city in the United States and the largest city since 1790. Our tour guide will meet you directly at the airport (JFK / LGA / EWR) to transfer you aboard our scheduled group shuttles to the hotel (check-in after 3PM).
You will have the opportunity to explore the wonder of New York City at nighttime with our night tour (optional). This exciting tour will take you through many notable areas. Starting at South Street Seaport, take in romantic views of the City's bridges and skylines flanked by traditional sailing ships and historical buildings. The tour then proceeds to Midtown Manhattan, the City's central business district. We will visit Rockefeller Center, a complex that houses the magnificent Ice Skating Rink (in winter), the Gilded Statute of Prometheus, and the GE Building, headquarters of NBC Studios. We will also see Fifth Avenue, a strip of luxury shops and businesses that is consistently ranked as the "most expensive street in the world". Finally, we will visit Times Square, an iconic world landmark. At night, the brilliantly lit theaters of Broadway and the huge number of animated neon and LED signs shines brighter than even the stars in the sky.
Night tour fare: $25/person, only available for the passenger who arrival New York before 5PM
Hotel: Hampton Inn/Howard Johnson or similar
Day 2 New York City Tour (Full Day)
We start off our tour in New York City by heading to Ground Zero, site of the tragic events of September 11th, to pay our respects and to witness the massive rebuilding efforts. From there we head to Wall Street at the heart of the financial district, home to America's wealth and business interests. The tour proceeds to Chinatown, the largest Asian community in the United States. We will take in a Waterway cruise of the New York City harbor, where you can view the city's magnificent skyline and sights, including the busy South Street Seaport, the Statute of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge from the Hudson and East River. An entertaining and informative tour guide will provide interesting facts about all of the sights that make this city special.
We will visit Rockefeller Center, NBC Studios, and the surrounding shopping district along Fifth Avenue, where cutting edge fashion and luxury brands reside. No tour of New York City would be complete without a tour atop the Empire State Building, where on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet above the city's bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion. We will also see the newly transformed USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. The tour continues to the bright lights of Time Square and the Broadway Theatre District, where there is an opportunity to see celebrities up close and personal at Madame Tussaud's. We will visit the United Nations, a gathering place for 192 countries to meet and discuss important issues of the world such as peace and human rights. We will also spend time in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, which contains more than two million works of art.
Hotel: Hampton Inn/Howard Johnson or similar
Day 3 New York - Philadelphia - Washington D.C.
Depart from NYC in the morning to walk along the historical cobblestone streets along Independence Mall State Park. See the Liberty Bell in its newly renovated home at the Liberty Bell Center and stroll through the centuries old Independence Hall and Congress Hall, birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. From Philadelphia, we continue to explore America's proud past by sightseeing at America's seat of governing power - the Capitol Hill and the White House. These two magnificent buildings are home to the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as the President of the United States.
The tour then proceeds to the National Air and Space Museum, featuring the original 1903 Flyer plane designed by the Wright brothers, the Spirit of St. Louis flown by Lindbergh, and actual spacecraft such as the Apollo 11 command module. We then head to the Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Jefferson Memorials, where we can honor these notable past presidents. All of these memorials are lined with stunning decorations and the stirring words of these great American heroes.
We will then pay tribute to our modern heroes in the armed forces by touring the Vietnam and Korean War Veterans Memorial. The Vietnam Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, is a simple yet touching site containing a monument inscribed with the names of lost and fallen soldiers. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is equally inspiring, capturing the tension and uncertainty of war on faces of the fighting forces.
Hotel: Comfort Inn/Best Western or similar
Day 4 Washington D.C. - Corning Glass Center - Niagara Falls
Driving through the hilly Pennsylvania and New York State, the several hours of ride becomes a perfect time to enjoy the rural scenes. Corning Museum of Glass, which maintains the most comprehensive collection of historic and art glass in the world: 35,000 glass pieces representing 35 centuries of glass craftsmanship. In addition, enjoy the hot glass show performed by some most experienced technicians. Amazed by the deafening roar of both the American and the Horseshoe Falls, you are strolling in the State Park with the mist from both falls spraying up in your face. Maid of the Mist takes you all the way into the water. Catch "Niagara: Legends of Adventure," a dramatic 45-minute IMAX film on the new 45X25-foot screen. Then you can choose either to stay in the Falls Park for self exploration until returning to the hotel or have an in-depth tour ($25/Adult) by visiting the Hydropower Station and Old Fort Niagara. Nobody than the Native Americans know better about how strategic Niagara Falls’ location is, and the Europeans learned it in the hard way! Come to the Old Fort Niagara, it will give you all the insights 99% tourists would never discover. (The completeness of night view on certain summer evenings may be limited or not available due to late sunset time and US Federal Government regulations on driving hours.)
Hotel: Best Western/Days Inn or similar
Day 5 Niagara Falls - Boston
We continue our sightseeing in Niagara Falls to see the majestic views of nature up close. Hop on a boat-ride on the Maid of the Mist (seasonal) where you can "soak" in the excitement and see the power of the Falls up close. We will also be heading to the IMAX Theatre Niagara Falls where you can experience Niagara Falls' incredible stories, and see the most complete collection of barrels that have fallen down the mighty Falls.
The tour then proceeds to in Boston in the evening, where we will have the opportunity to visit downtown Boston and Quincy Market. Situated between Boston's financial district, the waterfront, North End, Government Center and Haymarket, the vibrant Quincy Market is one of America's oldest gathering place. There will also be an opportunity to partake in Boston's most famous export-the lobster-during dinner.
Hotel: Quality Inn/Comfort Inn or similar
Day 6 Boston - New York
We continue our tour of Boston in the morning by visiting the pristine campuses of Harvard and MIT, both world-class educational institutions. We will also visit prominent sites in Boston such as the State House, built between 1795 and 1797 on Beacon Hill overlooking the Boston Common, and recently featured in the major Hollywood film "The Departed". There will also be an opportunity for a harbor cruise, where you can view Boston's magnificent skyline and Charles River. The tour then concludes in Boston.
Guests can schedule flights to depart from Boston after 1:30pm or return to New York via bus and board flights there after 7pm.